Roger Blench, Matthew Spriggs's Archaeology and Language IV: Language Change and Cultural PDF

By Roger Blench, Matthew Spriggs

This quantity is the ultimate a part of a four-part survey of cutting edge effects rising from the fusion of archaeology and historic linguistics. Archaeology and Language IV examines a number of urgent concerns relating to linguistic and cultural swap. It presents a difficult number of case experiences which exhibit how worldwide styles of language distribution and alter might be interwoven to provide a wealthy ancient narrative, and gasoline a thorough rethinking of the traditional discourse of linguistics inside of archaeology.

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This is particularly the case with the Afroasiatic phylum, whose links with Eurasian languages have been proposed by a variety of authors, especially as part of the various versions of the Nostratic hypothesis (see Hegedüs, Volume I, Blažek, this volume). The chapter by Blench synthesizes recent classificatory models and the growing literature on external links, with specific emphasis on the relevance for archaeology and genetics. Macrophyla proposals are intellectually stimulating but remain outside the mainstream (see General Introduction).

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